Sharing Knowledge on Lake Management Practices

Jun 6, 2014

Inle Lake is home to many communities. Photo: Shobhna Decloitre/UNDP

Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar and is a major tourist attraction renowned for its floating gardens, traditional leg-rowed boats and weaving industry. It is home to a number of endemic species of birds and fish. It is also the traditional home of the Innthar community as well as populations of Shan, Barma and other ethnic groups. To achieve a long term sustainability of the lake, an effective management and co-ordination mechanism is required.

UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental and Forestry and the Shan State Government, with financial support of the Government of Norway, is organizing a “Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Lake Management Practices.”  The workshop will be held in Taunggyi in Shan State from June 10 -12.

The workshop will bring experts from other Asian countries who will share their experiences in the management of similar natural resources, such as the Laguna Lake of the Philippines, the Rawapening Lake Management Mechanism in Indonesia and the Chilika Lake Management Mechanism in India.

The workshop will provide the stakeholders with an opportunity to learn the other countries’ practices. It will also provide a forum to discuss the possible options for the management of Inle Lake and identify feasible options.

The workshop will be attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry as well as from the respective government departments at the Union level;  senior officials from Shan State Government and the respective government departments at the state level;  will also attend; members of Parliament from the Union and State levels; development partners and implementing agencies in the Inle Lake watershed area; civil society organizations and ethnic community groups as well as representatives from the private sector, including the hotel industry.

The Chief Minister of Shan State, H E U Sao Aung Myat will deliver opening remarks. Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Director General, Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, the Ambassador of Norway, H E Ms Ann Ollestand as well as Toily Kurbanov, the UNDP Country Director will also speak at the opening session.

Contact

Lat Lay Aye
Team Leader - Environment, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction
lat.lat.aye@undp.org

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